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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.19%
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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale™ With a little creative curiosity, we used spent bourbon casks, fresh from decanting, and filled them with our very own Kentucky Ale. From barrels that once held the finest bourbons of Kentucky, we present Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, a smooth, golden elixir unlike any other. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrel. We attribute this to what the bourbon maker calls the “angel’s share”. Elegantly smooth and modestly carbonated, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is a fine sipping ale with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted Kentucky bourbon.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Pours a clear tan with a slight ring of a head. The nose is slightly off for me - lots of bourbon-esque notes but little else. Am I gonna be drinking beer here? Notes of bourbon, vanilla, charred firewood and wet tobacco rise from the tulip. The first revels an enjoyable caramel base that is really sweet and a bit of a surprise. I’m guessing a bit of leftover sugars are here to help balance the bourbon onslaught. As the caramel subsides, a rush of vanilla beans and oak take over and ride out into the long, coconuty finish. Hmm, interesting beer but a bit too sweet for me.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2007
thanks to Dickinsonbeer for this one. very short light tan thin foamy head that goes quickly. clear bright golden copper color. aroma is sweet syrupy malt with a bit of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. flavor is light and a bit watery, starting with watered bourbon, and, well, that’s about it. a little bit of grassy sour malt but maybe it’s just sour mash. sourish aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2007
This is the brewery’s standard Kentucky Ale aged in bourbon barrels. The bottle pours a mostly clear amber body with a minuscle head that quickly drops into some spotty lacing. Aroma is mostly straight bourbon, with hints of oak and caramel. Taste has notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, and flaked coconut. The bourbon integrates into the flavor much better than the aroma. Bitterness is more bourbon than hops. Seems a bit thin and even watery at times. Not as nice as the draft version but a pretty good job of bottling this interesting ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Wow ! Sweet coconut and macaroons! Pours clear copper yellow in color with a nice white head and pretty bubble production. This a full, and I mean full flavored ale. Fruity coconut and macaroon taste with a small sweet dry ending. The Sweet bourbon smoothness lets this brew slide down the gullet. A unique ale that I’d get again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Starting off, I will say I am also a straight bourbon drinker so any rating I do should take that into mind. Poured from a 12-ox bottle with an orange body and a thin white head. Smell of oak and bourbon. Taste of vanilla, sweet malt, bourbon and I thought I could detect just a tinge of caramel. I thought this was a very drinkable beer, and lighter tasting than what I expected.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2007
12 oz thanks to moejuck for sending this to xnoxhatex and sharing with us. Pours a clear copper yellow brown color ... kinda like bourbon. Nose .... kinda like bourbon watered down bourbon that is with salt and a little malt. Flavors .... still ...kinda like watered down bourbon and butter scotch. Next time I’ll just drink the melted ice cubes of my uncles glass after he’s passed out in front of the tv.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2007
12oz bottle. an amber ale in a bourbon barrel...why? nose was very bourbony, vanilla, buttery, and salty. flavor was much of the same, not very sweet, some salt, potatoes, bourbon, vanilla, butter. oh gross. i think i’ve heard of people getting shot for putting a beer like this in a bourbon barrel.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Thank you Moejuck for this nice surprise. Third rating today with his name attached to the rating. Light amber color with with little head, and no yeast content. Intense aroma of bourbon, vanilla, (potatoes) and malt. Not too much in the flavor but borbon, lasha, all in a very thin bodied beer. Interesting, but just because you throw a beer in a bourbon barrell it doesn’t mean it’s going to be great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5024) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2007
An amber pour with light head and lace. I didn’t get much besides malt on the nose. The flavor has a distinct flavor of bourbon with a light vanilla kicker. A very sweet flavor followed by a tad of bitter on the finish. The carbonation is a bit agressive for me. This is really a pretty good amber. I was surprised to find that it was in fact an amber ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
12oz bottle from my Brother in law - Pours amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and some slight hops. Flavor is bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Slight hops at the finish. Palate is fairly smooth and easy to drink. Interesting but really not much better than average.


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